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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Mar 8, 2009 4:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Home again home again jiggity-jig

Good day to all.
The other day I posted about going into the hospital for my third hip surgery. All went well and I am back home. Actually made it home yesterday, but all I did was lay around and whine. Feeling much better today. It's amazing what a few vicodin and sleeping in your own bed will do for you.
They replaced the socket and ball of the joint (about a pound of metal that I got to bring home), but luckily did not have to replace the stem that goes down into my femur. The socket had rotated forward and the bone had began to grow over the edge causing a cam-like effect as I rotated my hip. The doctor said it could of eventually popped completely out. This time they screwed the socket into place and hopefully it won't move again. Not sure why it happened. The left hip that they replaced around the same time a couple of years ago is doing fantastic and shows no signs of problems. Anyway, I am looking at a month or so recovery/rehab before I will be out and about again. Lots of time to catch up on some good music. At least this time I can bear up to 50% weight right away and that definately makes it a lot easier. Last time it was no weight for a month. Not looking forward to the rehab exercises though.
One funny thing - one of my dogs is completely freaked out by the pieces they took out. I have them laying on the table beside me and he lays in the floor just staring at them and gets all bent out of shape if I pick them up. Wonder what he is thinking?
Seriously though - thanks so much for all the kind thoughts over the last few days. It means a lot!

Now for some Grateful Dead music talk (to satisfy the purists)...
Yesterday on the ride home from the hospital we were listening to the GD Channel on XM. They were playing part of 10/18/78 - Space > Wharf Rat > Truckin'. I heard something in the space jam that reminded me of the jams they were doing after Terrapin in the early nineties. Especially the jam from 3/15/90. I haven't had a chance to do a further comparison yet, but will try to in the next few days. Not like I don't have the time. Has anyone else noticed something like this... a latter day free-form type jam that unexpectedly reminds them of something from much earlier in their career? I have listened to that 10/18/78 before and had never noticed the similarities to the modern post-terrapin jams. One disclaimer though - I did have major surgery on Thursday and the percosets were kicking pretty good when I was hearing this.

Also for grendelschoice - I was diagnosed with a disease called Avacular Necrosis in late 2006. Basically the tops of both femurs died. I had both hips replaced in 2007 and now the right had to be redone.

Like a steam locomotive...

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 9, 2009 7:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home again home again jiggity-jig

Dogs - Good to hear things went well for you.

Wasn't AVN what cut short Bo Jackson's football and baseball careers?

I found out Thursday that my medial meniscus and lateral collateral ligament in my left knee are torn. Doc wants to do the surgery in three weeks. I told him he had to wait until after April 18th - I am running in the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon. It's amazing how well you can run when you take a vike just before the race, slap on the ipod and disappear into a 30 minute Dark Star. A quarter of the race is over before you even know you are running.....

Best of luck to you on the rehab. Keep us posted.

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Mar 9, 2009 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home again home again jiggity-jig

Thanks for the encouragement.

I remember that Bo broke his hip, but don't recall AVN. That was a long time and many party favors ago though. If I remember correctly, the tackle that broke Bo's hip was the play that got the "horse-collar" tackle outlawed. He was a player who I would have loved to see make it through his career without that major injury. Probably the best pure talent of our time...

Good luck with your surgery. I totally understand getting "lost" in a Dark Star. Last week in the hospital I used that exact method to make the time pass and get my mind off of the pain. The music (and your mind) can truely take you away from the pains of life.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 9, 2009 10:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home again home again jiggity-jig

Have had both of those...the cart tear is the one that really needs attn, at least in most cases as it will never heal.

There's my free medical advice. Good luck with it...

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Poster: amosearle Date: Mar 8, 2009 6:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home again home again jiggity-jig

Glad you got out of the hospital before you caught something. Doing the exercises regularly helps stress the tissue in ways that will make it more organized and stronger with less pesky scarring on the inside. I hope your therapist is an inspiring beauty.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Mar 8, 2009 11:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home again home again jiggity-jig

Dogs sorry to hear about your discomfort to try and put it lightly. Have had family and friends in similar circumstances. That said your request for 90's after Terrapin Jam sequences that reminded one of the early days immediately hit a chord and Would like to offer this.
One that stands out in my mind is the 6-16-90 VFTV video and to me right after the Terrapin finale, Jerry alone, and possibly Brent was groking, seems to want to go into Mountains of the Moon. I still hear it when I watch it but the rest of the band apparently has no clue, hence the reason in my view Jerry takes to schooling the rest of the band especially the drummers into the finer form of improvisation once again. Hope you are up and mobile again soon, and this Percoset's for you.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 8, 2009 10:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home again home again jiggity-jig

Great to hear from you! Take your time, and take it easy is all I can say.

Did they attribute your necrosis to the replacements? Or did I miss something and that was what originally caused the need for them, and they were compromised as a result of the pre-existing tissue degradation?

Replacement prospectors (in line) want to know!

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Mar 8, 2009 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home again home again jiggity-jig

The necrosis was prior to and the reason for the replacements. Apparently there are several causes for AVN - blood disorders, prolonged steroid use (A-Rod?), chemo or raditation treatments, heredidty - but I have none of them. Also, I was adopted so I have no idea about family medical history. There are people who just develop AVN - usually men between the ages of 30 and 50. I was 40 when diagnosed. Go figure?!?
All I can say at this point is that the left hip is great. No pain, good strength and range of motion. I just hope the right can eventually reach that point.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 8, 2009 10:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home again home again jiggity-jig

Ah--duh; missed the date timeline there in the orig post which makes this clear. I recalled that you are a whippersnapper, so this makes sense, in that trivial fashion, BUT certainly a surprising development to start with that a 40 yr old shouldn't have to endure...I was exactly 40 when the deg disk disease took over, as I mentioned way back when we first exchanged biomedical factoids. The prostate at 48 was really piling on in my book, and then the need for knee replacement at 50 pretty well put me off any thoughts that this is an intelligently designed world...except for the obvious--designed to make me miserable on a physical level. But enough of the whining (I can related!)...

Dogs certainly are wonders when it comes to rehab. Our two were leary, though, with respect to the various tubes and such, and wouldn't lay down on the bed with me til I looked a little less bionic.

Oh, and I gotta tell you, my mom ALWAYS used the phrase in your subject line! You don't hear that too often these days.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 9, 2009 11:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home again home again jiggity-jig

Glad to hear it went well dogsinapile. Keep up with the phys therapy. My Mom in law had full hip replacement last year and she is in her 70's - my wife drill Sargented her through her exercises and shes doing real well now.